Twitter Suspends North Korea Parody Account For Violating ‘Impersonation’ Rules
Tech giant issues more censorship
Tech giant Twitter has suspended a popular satire account for allegedly violating its policies.
The owner of the North Korean satire account DPRK News Service posted on Wednesday:
"I’m sorry to say effective immediately @DPRK_News is defunct.
"I founded the account in 2009.
"Twitter decided today that it violates their rules.
"I’m not going to label a parody a parody."
"That moots the point," the post added.
"It gives away the joke."
I’m sorry to say effective immediately @DPRK_News is defunct. I founded the account in 2009.— President Dawg (@PresidentDawg) October 20, 2021
Twitter decided today that it violates their rules. I’m not going to label a parody a parody. That moots the point. It gives away the joke.
The DPRK never complained. One of you did. pic.twitter.com/29C6B8i53P
A screenshot of the tweet shows Twitter arguing that the account violated rules against "impersonation."
The parody account tweets sarcastic posts framed as coming from North Korea’s communist government.
The account boasted over 330,000 followers before it was suspended.
Twitter's actions drew backlash from social media users, including Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.
"Twitter makes a fool of itself again," Hume tweeted.
Twitter makes fool of itself again. https://t.co/eUDjlGEhyk— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 20, 2021
In contrast, earlier this year, Twitter told a victim of child sexual abuse video that widely circulated on the platform "did not violate its policies," according to a lawsuit filed by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
The victim, only known as John Doe, alleges Twitter allowed the abuse video, filmed when he was just 13 years old, to go viral and rack up hundreds of thousands of views.
But it was only when an agent from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) got involved in the case that Twitter complied, according to the lawsuit.